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The InvestSA One Stop Shop Eastern Cape initiative is geared towards providing investors with services to reduce government red tape when establishing a business. It is part of the government’s drive to become investor-friendly by improving the business environment, lowering the cost of doing business, and making the process easier.

ECDC is mandated to operate the One Stop Shop in the Eastern Cape, which streamlines the investment value chain for medium to large companies looking to invest in South Africa, making it easier and faster to invest in the province. The centre hosts relevant government departments and state-owned entities to help investors and exporters negotiate the regulations and administration to obtain various approvals, licences, authorisations, registrations and/or permits.

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Making Eastern Cape a business friendly and an investment destination of choice

The InvestSA One Stop Shop Eastern Cape, serves as a focal point of contact for all investor inquiries in the Eastern Cape. It provides a variety of support services to both existing and new investors through a streamlined service offering ranging from investment facilitation, investment unblocking and business regulatory applications.  


To effectively deliver on its mandate it has formed partnerships with regulatory bodies and other government departments. Some of the participating partners include CIPC for company registrations, SARS for customs, Department of Home Affairs for visa applications , Eskom for special power grid applications, NRCS, Environmental Affairs Department for EIAs and the ECDC for Export and Trade Promotion and Investment Facilitation

The One Stop Shop is committed to providing integrated investment promotion services to help investors throughout the investment value chain, and to make the process as seamless as possible. These key services include:

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Information and network opportunities on trade and investment in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and Africa.



A lead tracking system to ensure that prospective investors receive quality services until their respective projects reach the point of commercialisation.

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Includes intellectual property protection, applications for national and local incentives, applications for work visas.

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The provision of pre-approval information to investors (i.e. market data, costs, incentives, project approval, visits, local partners, etc.).

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Temporary and permanent residence, registration for tax purposes, and any other requirements (licences, authorisations,  registrations, etc.) to do business in the Eastern Cape.

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The provision of facilitation services to investors (i.e. permits, approvals, import equipment and raw materials, work permits, etc.).

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The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition is the custodian of investment promotion and facilitation in South Africa – assigned by the Presidency to lead and coordinate the development of the InvestSA One Stop Shop, with this responsibility carried by the Eastern Cape Development Cooperation (ECDC) in the Eastern Cape Province, following an appointment by the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and supported by the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier.


In implementing the project, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation is working with the Special Economic Zones; ELIDZ and Coega Development Corporation to establishing satellite offices, the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City Metro municipalities, Joe Gqabi, Chris Hani, OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Sarah Baartman and Amathole District municipalities, all Eastern Cape Business Chambers and Development Agencies with over 18 National Departments and Agencies involved in policy regulation, licensing and registration of businesses.

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